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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1876

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p.3 Customs Imports - May 3rd - Schr. B.W. Folger, Fair Haven, Jas. Swift, 100 tons coal.

Marine Notes

The Harbour is exceedingly dull, and an old mariner informs us that he never saw the harbour of Kingston without a grain vessel in it on the 3rd of May in all his experience.

The schr. B.W. Folger arrived at Swift's wharf with 100 tons of coal from Little Sodus. The prop. East passed up for Toronto and Hamilton. The tug C.W. Jones, from St. Catharines, passed down to Lake St. Peter.

Messrs. G.M. Millar & Co. despatched the barge Alice Pacy yesterday afternoon with 6,000 bush. peas and 10,000 bush. wheat for Montreal.

The Picton and Alexandra - The str. Alexandra will leave Picton on Saturday next for Trenton, and on the following Monday will start for Montreal. She will be commanded by Capt. Smith. The Picton will run on the route between Toronto and Port Dalhousie. She will be commanded by Capt. Morden, and will leave Picton for Toronto on Wednesday, May 10th.

The schooner Belle Case, bound for Picton with timber from Baker, Jones & Co.'s mill, passed down on Saturday afternoon. [Ontario]

The scow Monitor has been engaged for the last three or four days, trying to raise the schr. Newcastle, which is sunk at Mill Point. She failed, however, to do so. [ibid]

The Buffalo Courier says: Captain F. McPherson, of Goderich, has bought the schooner E.W. Rathbun, in harbour at Port Colborne, from Mr. C.S. Wilson, of Picton, for $5,500. The latter gentleman has also disposed of a one-third interest in the schooner Cataract to Capt. R. Mouck, of Port Colborne, for $4,100. Capt. Mouck sailed the Union Jack last season when she sunk at the head of Lake Erie with a cargo of corn. The Rathbun has been chartered for coal from Cleveland to Goderich on private terms, and wheat from Kincardine to Kingston at 8 cents gold. The Cataract has likewise been engaged for wheat from Kincardine to Kingston at 7 cents gold.

The new steamer which has been built at Mill Point, we understand, been sold to a Toronto company for excursion purposes. She is to be called the Empress of India, and it is pretty generally understood that Albert White, Esq., of Picton, who held the position of purser last year on the Picton with such general satisfaction, is to take command. [Nation]

The Chicago Times, of Saturday, says that on receipt of the intelligence that the straits were open there was a general preparation among the grain fleet, and providing the weather was favourable 60 or 70 vessels would leave for below immediately.

A correspondent of the Detroit Post, from Mackinac Thursday, says the propeller Champlain, bound up, broke her planking in two places below the water line forcing her way through the ice. The accident was not discovered until she reached the dock. The cargo was shifted and taken to the dock so as to elevate the broken plank above the water and allow the damage to be repaired. The cargo, consisting of pig and bar iron, nails and salt, was but slightly damaged.

The Nautical Gazette publishes the following "sea-dog" sayings: "Mare's tails leave scanty sails; red in the east I like the least, red in the west I like the best; when the clouds spread like feathers, mariners look for fair, good weather; when the lofty hills the mist doth bear, let the mariner then for storms prepare; lead, log, lookout, and be steady, keep an eye on the glass and for changes be ready.

Notice To Mariners - The Lighthouse Board gives notice that on the opening of navigation the reef off Sheboygan, Wis., will be marked by two third-class can buoys (red). The northern buoy will be numbered 1, and the southern buoy will be numbered 2.

The fore-and-aft schooner Falcon, which was on the beach near St. Joseph all winter, and was released by the tug Ben Drake last Tuesday, capsized and sank Thursday afternoon, about one quarter of a mile southeast of the crib, while on her way to Chicago to be repaired. The crew, numbering six men, were rescued by the tugs Drake and Butler. Capt. Risely, while getting from the wreck, had his leg badly jammed and all his clothes torn from his body. {Oswego Times]

Departures For Below - Notwithstanding the receipt of advices of the opening of the Straits, vessel owners are in no hurry to send out their crafts, and a general exodus of the grain fleet will probably not occur before Monday. The only departures yesterday were the propeller Waverly and schooners Camden and Moonlight. [Milwaukee Sentinel]

Port Colborne, May 2nd - Up - schrs. Garibaldi, Toronto, Buffalo, barley; N. Wilder, Rochester, Milwaukee, coal; L.S. Hammond, Cape Vincent, Cleveland, ice; Manzanilla, St. Catharines, blank, light; Penokee, Oswego, Kenosha, salt; Augusta, St. Catharines, Bay City, light; Baltic, Toronto, Port Colborne, lumber; G.M. Neelon, St. Catharines, Bay City, light; O.M. Bond, Charlotte, Chicago, coal; P.M. Rogers, J. Stuart.

Nothing down.

In Harbour - schrs. Augusta, Garibaldi, Baltic, L.J. Farewell, Manzanilla, Russian, props. Germania and tow, Pittsburg and tow.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1876